Systems thinking approach as a unique tool for sustainable tourism development: a case study in the Cat Ba biosphere reserve of Vietnam

Van Mai, Thanh and Bosch, O. J. H. (2010). Systems thinking approach as a unique tool for sustainable tourism development: a case study in the Cat Ba biosphere reserve of Vietnam. In: Jennifer Wilby, 54th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2010: Governance for a Resilient Planet. Proceedings. ISSS2010: 54th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2010: Governance for a Resilient Planet, Waterloo, ON, Canada, (827-845). 18-23 July, 2010.

Author Van Mai, Thanh
Bosch, O. J. H.
Title of paper Systems thinking approach as a unique tool for sustainable tourism development: a case study in the Cat Ba biosphere reserve of Vietnam
Conference name ISSS2010: 54th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2010: Governance for a Resilient Planet
Conference location Waterloo, ON, Canada
Conference dates 18-23 July, 2010
Proceedings title 54th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2010: Governance for a Resilient Planet. Proceedings
Journal name Proceedings of the International Society for the Systems Sciences
Place of Publication Pocklington, York, United Kingdom
Publisher International Society for the Systems Sciences
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781617820618
ISSN 1999-6918
Editor Jennifer Wilby
Start page 827
End page 845
Total pages 19
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Tourism is not simply an industry, but is an open, dynamic and complex system. The system consists of many interacting components and involves many different stakeholders. The development of tourism in a sustainable way impinges on and is subject to many factors. The limitation of traditional approaches to tourism research has become evidently in many cases. These approaches have usually looked at a particular issue or issues of the whole tourism picture. As a result, it has become difficult to manage tourism toward sustainability. This paper provides an overview of the systems thinking approach and its application in the study of the tourism system in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve of Vietnam. This study shows that systems thinking has proved to be an effective and powerful tool to explain the complexities of the tourism system. It has helped to simplify, clarify and integrate isolated problems associated with the industry, and provided a mechanism for group learning and decision making to achieve desirable outcomes. The paper proposes systems thinking be used as an appropriate tool for sustainable tourism development.
Subjects 2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Keyword Complexity
Dynamics
Sustainability
Sustainable tourism development
Systems thinking
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under "2009 Papers".

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